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Commentary: Team Sky’s tattered reputation is eroded further by Edmondson’s needle admission

Team Sky hasn’t had the best time of it in recent months. The British outfit has been making headlines more for a continuing slew of controversies than for its racing efforts, and is currently under investigation by UK Anti-Doping over the 2011 delivery of a package to Bradley Wiggins, purportedly containing flu medicine. Wiggins, triamcinolone, …

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Team Sky and the mystery of the exploding wheels at Tirreno-Adriatico

Team Sky’s hopes of a high finish in the team time trial at this year’s Tirreno-Adriatico were shattered — quite literally, in fact — when not one, but three riders suffered dramatically catastrophic front wheel failures on the 22.7km-long route around Lido di Camaiore. While the team managed to finish, it placed deep in the …

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Former colleague defends Wiggins doctor Freeman: ‘I feel like he’s been strung up’

Former Team Sky and current British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman has been in the news for several months, having been the physician linked to the receipt of a mysterious package sent from Manchester to France in June 2011. The package, which was uncovered by the Daily Mail in October, was transported by BC employee Simon …

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Commentary: Team Sky’s ‘clarification’ documents leave much still unclear

In an effort to stem the tide of bad publicity surrounding the administration of drugs to its riders that are prohibited in competition, but not outright banned — as well as hoping to answer questions regarding its adherence to the rules of Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) — Team Sky released on Tuesday two documents that, it hopes, will …

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An interview with Paul Kimmage: Team Sky’s charade has been exposed

Seven years ago, Irish journalist Paul Kimmage was offered the opportunity to be embedded with Team Sky. It was the first year of the British team’s existence and transparency was, it said, high among its principles. That offer was ultimately nixed by Bradley Wiggins, who went on to win the Tour de France two years …

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Nicole Cooke critical of British Cycling and UK Anti Doping, questions Team Sky

Speaking to the parliament committee which has been investigating Team Sky, British Cycling and Bradley Wiggins, Nicole Cooke has provided strong criticism and raised questions about the stance of all three. The former world and Olympic champion said she was ‘sceptical’ of Team Sky’s declaration that it was the cleanest team in cycling, saying that …

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Cookson: I’d be very surprised, but very disappointed, if Sky and Wiggins crossed ethical lines

UCI president Brian Cookson has given a tentative indication of confidence in Team Sky and British Cycling, saying that it would be unexpected if it was shown that either organisation had acted inappropriately in relation to Bradley Wiggins. “I’m going to have to do the same thing everything else is going to have to do, …

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UKAD investigation into Wiggins can’t compel doctor to reveal nature of medical package

A UK Anti Doping investigation into a medical package delivered to Bradley Wiggins in June 2011 may struggle to uncover details about what the package contained, with UKAD lacking the powers to compel the doctor to speak. British newspaper The Times has confirmed that there is no obligation on the doctor concerned, former Team Sky …

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Tiernan-Locke says British team ‘freely offered’ Tramadol around at 2012 worlds

Speaking in the course of a BBC interview into the Team Sky TUE controversy, former professional rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke has claimed that unnamed individuals working with the British team offered riders the controversial medication Tramadol at the 2012 world road race championships. “There was a time I rode the World Championships and we were offered …

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Calls made for WADA to examine Wiggins TUE corticosteroid controversy

First Bradley Wiggins and then Dave Brailsford broke long silences in recent days, insisting that they did nothing wrong. The duo were speaking separately in relation to the administration of three corticosteroid injections before the 2011 and 2012 Tours de France and the 2013 Giro d’Italia, Wiggins’ prime targets in each of those seasons. Their …

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